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Liberia: JZyNo – From Monrovia’s Slums to Global Stardom – A Rags-to-Riches Journey of Resilience and Musical Triumph


Monrovia — Singer-songwriter JZyNo’s musical career has skyrocketed to the limelight in 2023, though his journey has not been easy and is a true rags-to-riches tale. It’s a journey of struggle and triumph, from the hard streets of the Monrovia slums of Clara Town and New Kru Town to the global stage.

Jonathan Lee Pratt, best known as JZyNO, was born on January 3rd, 1995, in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, Liberia. He was born to a Nigerien-Liberian mom and a Liberian-Portuguese dad.

JZyNo has always been a forward-thinking person, willing to take risks and work hard to accomplish his goals. His ascendancy on the African and global music stage was foretold by his determination and singular focus. JZyNo has remained humble, hardworking, and determined to succeed.

Jonathan Lee Pratt, his given name, is a true reflection of who he is. His music resonates with his confidence and sense of self, appealing to him as an artist and allowing him to find his footing in the music industry. His steady progression is rooted in his Liberian identity, which is reflected in his use of “kolloquah,” the Liberian version of pidgin spoken throughout the country.

Taking inspiration from the strong vocals of Afrobeats musicians like Wizkid, Davido, Tiwa Savage, Diamond Platnumz, Angélique Kidjo, Sarkodie, Black Coffee, and others who are pushing Afrobeats towards global acceptance, JZyNO is set for even greater heights.

From his first hit song, “Kpan Kpan Me,” to the quality of the “Rula” music video, the first one million streams from “Fall Down Inside,” and now the global hit “Butta My Bread,” JZyNo’s journey is marked by continuous success. The grace will continue to pave the way for even greater achievements. He hopes to someday collaborate globally with stars such as Kendrick Lamar, Bryson Tiller, and Wizkid, who are among his top musical influences.